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Apr 15, 2019 Voltaire
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Librivox recording of Candide by Voltaire. Read by Ted Delorme Candide is a relentless, brutal assault on government, society, religion, education, and, above all, optimism. Dr. Pangloss teaches his young students Candide and Cunegonde that everything in this world is for the best, a sentiment they cling to as the world steps in to teach them otherwise. The novel is brilliant, hilarious, blasphemous. . . and Voltaire never admitted to writing it. (Summary by Ted Delorme) CD booklet Album Art CD...
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Feb 27, 2019 Jesse Lynch Williams
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LibriVox dramatic recording of Why Marry? by Jesse Lynch Williams. Why Marry? is a comedy, which "tells the truth about marriage". We find a family in the throes of proving the morality of marriage to a New Age Woman. Can the family defend marriage to this self-supporting girl? Will she be convinced that marriage is the ultimate sacredness of a relationship or will she hold to her perception that marriage is the basis of separating two lovers. "Why Marry?" won the first...
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Jan 13, 2019 Epictetus, tr. Elizabeth Carter
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Epictetus (Greek: Επικτητος: c.55–c.135) was a Greek Stoic philosopher. The name given by his parents, if one was given, is not known - the word epiktetos in Greek simply means "acquired." Epictetus spent his youth as a slave in Rome to Epaphroditos, a very wealthy freedman of Nero. Even as a slave, Epictetus used his time productively, studying Stoic Philosophy under Musonius Rufus. He was eventually freed and lived a relatively hard life in ill health in Rome. So far as...
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Aug 17, 2018 William Blackstone
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This is a LibriVox recording of the Commentaries on the Laws of England, Book 1, by William Blackstone. The Commentaries on the Laws of England are an influential 18th century treatise on the common law of England by Sir William Blackstone, originally published by the Clarendon Press at Oxford, 1765-1769. The Commentaries were long regarded as the leading work on the development of English law and played a role in the development of the American legal system. They were in fact the first...
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Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
Jul 20, 2018 Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
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Dialogue(s): parmenides Chapters: hyp1 Sections: 133e-139a Attendees: Pierre, Barbara, David, Regina, JulieH, Eldar, JeffS Synopsis Pierre leads the Parmenides Morning Study Group through another morning. We are still working through the 1st hypothesis of Plato's dialogue, Parmenides , looking at the 14 arguments made there (see Pierre's diagram from 6/27 ) and noting what patterns of thinking Parmenides is using. Today's talk, IMHO, was just mind-blowing. Well, darn near every talk is. But...
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Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
May 21, 2018 Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
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Dialogue(s): parmenides Chapters: plg Sections: 132a 132b Attendees: Pierre, Barbara, David, Regina, JulieH, Eldar Initial discussion on the problems with our current education system, then.. Understanding the paragraph at 132A Working from Plato's Parmenides: The Juan and Maria Balboa Translation More info: http://noeticsociety.org/psg
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Apr 24, 2018 Frances E. W. Harper
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LibriVox  volunteers bring you 16 recordings of The Crocuses by Frances E. W. Harper. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for  April 8, 2018. Read in English by Bruce Kachuk; CoMo290; David Lawrence; Newgatenovelist; Eva Staes; Greg Giordano; Kirsten Bradby; Larry Wilson; Matthew Datcher; Michele Fry;  Phil Schempf; RajVO; Scotty Smith; Tom Daley; Tomas Peter and tovarisch. Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was an African-American abolitionist, suffragist, poet and author. She was also...
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Dec 29, 2017 Virna Sheard
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LibriVox  volunteers bring you 9 recordings of When Christmas Comes by Virna Sheard. This was the Weekly Poetry project for  December 17, 2017. Read in English by nighthawks; Bruce Kachuk; David Lawrence; Newgatenovelist; Garth Burton; MaryAnn; Nemo; Tomas Peter and tovarisch. Virna Stanton was born in Cobourg, Ontario, the daughter of Elizabeth Butler Stanton and Eldridge Stanton, a photographer. Her brother Eldridge Stanton Jr. and his wife both died at Niagara Falls, in the Ice Bridge...
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Dec 6, 2017 Juan and Maria Balboa
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Sep 21, 2017 Peter Kropotkin
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LibriVox recording of The Conquest of Bread (version 2) by Peter Kropotkin. Read in English by AudibleAnarchist In this work, Kropotkin points out what he considers to be the defects of the economic systems of feudalism and capitalism, and how he believes they thrive on and maintain poverty and scarcity, as symbol for richness and in spite of being in a time of abundance thanks to technology, while promoting privilege. He goes on to propose a more decentralised economic system based on mutual...
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Sep 20, 2017 Patrick Henry
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LibriVox recording of The Antifederalist Papers. During the period of debate over the ratification of the Constitution, numerous independent local speeches and articles were published all across the country. Initially, many of the articles in opposition were written under pseudonyms, such as "Brutus", "Centinel", and "Federal Farmer". Eventually, famous revolutionary figures such as Patrick Henry came out publicly against the Constitution. They argued that the...
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Dialogue(s): parmenides Chapters: plg Sections: 132d 132e 133a 134d 133e Attendees: Pierre, Barbara, David, Regina, Eldar, JulieH, Yoni Is the Self an idea (in the Greek sense of 'idea')? The problem of infinite regress of likenesses when talking about a likeness between 'things' (in the phenomenal/physical world) and 'ideas' (in the metaphysical world) (Therefore right here in the Parmenides Plato is showing the problem with the idea of "forms" -- which academia thinks is the...
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Jun 13, 2017 Plato
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Uncompressed 32-bit (float) 192 kHz WAV64 version of the LibriVox recording of Charmides by Plato. Translated by Benjamin Jowett. Read in English by Geoffrey Edwards. Meta-Coordinator/Cataloging and Dedicated Proof-Listener: Ann Boulais. CD Insert: Annise. Cover: In the Tepidarium by John William Godward (1861-1922) 1913. Charmides (ΧΑΡΜΙΔΗΣ) is a Socratic dialogue written by Plato which discusses the virtue of temperance. (Summary by Geoffrey Edwards) The online text can be found...
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Topics: Philosophy, Plato, Virtue, Temperance, Good, Evil
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Apr 28, 2017 William George Jordan
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LibriVox recording of The Majesty of Calmness , by William George Jordan. Read by Andrea Fiore. Change your life by changing your thoughts. The Majesty of Calmness is your guide to attracting prosperity, manifesting opportunities, and managing stress--all while discovering the values most precious to you. Summary by Andrea Fiore. For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog...
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Apr 20, 2017 Arnold Bennett
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LibriVox recording of Mental Efficiency and Other Hints to Men and Women , by Arnold Bennett. Read by Ruth Golding. In this light-hearted yet thought-provoking collection of articles, published in 1911, Bennett offers his thoughts on exercising your mind, organising your life, marriage, happiness and other pocket philosophies. The book stands the test of time, and much is still relevant and amusing - perhaps even more so, with nearly 100 years of hindsight, than when it was originally written....
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Apr 10, 2017 George Santayana
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LibriVox recording of Poems by George Santayana. Read in English by Larry Wilson; Algy Pug; Sharon Handy; kehayman; Guest; SkyAlbatross; monkeywraith; Freya Hansen; and Kane Mercer. George Santayana was born in Spain, educated in Boston and taught at Harvard before returning to Europe to spend the last forty years of his life writing. He is primarily known as a philosopher, his five-volume The Life of Reason being his magnus opus. But he also wrote a successful novel, The Last Puritan, as well...
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Feb 11, 2017 Saint Augustine of Hippo
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Librivox public domain recording of Confessions , by Saint Augustine of Hippo. Confessions (Latin: Confessiones) is the name of an autobiographical work, consisting of 13 books, by St. Augustine of Hippo, written between AD 397 and AD 398. Modern English translations of it are sometimes published under the title The Confessions of St. Augustine in order to distinguish the book from other books with similar titles, such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Confessions. (Summary by Wikipedia) For more...
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Jan 28, 2017 Plutarch
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LibriVox recording of The Morals (Moralia), by Plutarch. Read by LibriVox volunteers. The Moralia (or The morals or Matters relating to customs and mores) is a work by the 1st-century Greek scholar Plutarch of Chaeronea. It is a collection of 78 essays and transcribed speeches that give an insight into Roman and Greek life. Extremely popular for centuries, Plutarch's Morals have been read and imitated by many generations of Europeans, including Montaigne and the Renaissance Humanists and...
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LibriVox volunteers bring you 10 recordings of To The Immortal Memory of the Halibut, On Which I Dined This Day, Monday, April 26, 1784 by William Cowper. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for May 29, 2011. William Cowper is attributed with various familiar quotations, one is.. "GOD moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform; He plants his footsteps in the sea, And rides upon the storm." Olney Hymns (1779)--'Light Shining out of Darkness' For further information,...
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Jan 9, 2017 Jean McKishnie Blewett
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LibriVox  volunteers bring you 11 recordings of Christmas Conversion by Jean McKishnie Blewett.  This was the Weekly Poetry project for December 18, 2016. Read in English by Bruce Kachuk; Dahlia Dolorosa; David Lawrence; Garth Burton; Greg Giordano; Lee Ann Howlett; Matthew Datcher; Phil Chenevert; Phil Schempf; Tomas Peter and tovarisch. Jean McKishnie Blewett was a Canadian journalist, author and poet. Blewett was a regular contributor to The Globe, a Toronto newspaper and in 1898 became...
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Nov 13, 2016 Friedrich Nietzsche
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LibriVox recording of The Antichrist by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, translated by HL Mencken, in the public domain. The LibriVox catalog page for this work lists the LibriVox readers. Save for his raucous, rhapsodical autobiography, “Ecce Homo,” “The Antichrist” is the last thing that Nietzsche ever wrote, and so it may be accepted as a statement of some of his most salient ideas in their final form. Of all Nietzsche’s books, “The Antichrist” comes nearest to conventionality in...
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Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
Sep 22, 2016 Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
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Stephanus sections: 136d 136e 137a 137b Attendees: Pierre, Barbara, Regina, Eldar, Bradley, JeffS Why did Socrates go to see Zeno, not Parmenides? Why would Zeno want to re-hear Parmenides' hypothesis? And why hadn't he heard it for a long while, being Parmenides' student? Why would Parmenides say he dreaded -- like Ibycus' race horse -- going through the exercise, when in fact, the first (his) hypothesis is quite short, and he had no indication (until Aristoteles' objected) that he would have...
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Aug 30, 2016 Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
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Stefanos sections: 127e,136a Barbara's notes: Greetings, included is today's audio. And a chart picture by Brad. Present: Pierre, Barbara, David, Bradley, Josh, Kevin, Regina, Yoni Sorry but this tape starts a bit late, maybe 3 minutes. Pierre speaks increasingly softly as the class progressed. We become increasingly quiet. I push the tape recorder ever closer. He nudges it away. However, I'm hoping it's clear to you. I haven't checked. The subject of the discussion might be described as...
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Aug 28, 2016 John Stuart Mill
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LibriVox recording of Auguste Comte and Positivism by John Stuart Mill. Read by Bill Boerst. Part 1 lays out the framework for Positivism as originated in France by Auguste Comte in his Cours de Philosophie Positive. Mill examines the tenets of Comte's movement and alerts us to defects. Part 2 concerns all Comte's writings except the Cours de Philosophie Positive. During Comte's later years he gave up reading newspapers and periodicals to keep his mind pure for higher study. He also became...
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LibriVox recording of Our Knowledge of the External World: As a Field for Scientific Method in Philosophy by Bertrand Russell. Read in English by Landon D. C. Elkind. Bertrand Russell gave the Lowell Lectures in March and April of 1914; these lectures produced 'Our Knowledge of the External World'. Russell attempts to analyze the relationship of the crude data of our senses to the notions of physics such as space, time, and matter. Russell takes his analysis to illustrate the method of logical...
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Aug 2, 2016 Bertrand Russell
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LibriVox recording of Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy by Bertrand Russell. Read in English by Landon D. C. Elkind Bertrand Russell wrote 'Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy' while imprisoned for protesting Britain's involvement in World War I. Russell summarizes the significance of the momentous work of mathematicians in the late nineteenth-century. He further describes his own philosophy of mathematics, Logicism (the view that all mathematical truths are logical truths), and his...
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Jul 20, 2016 Elbert Hubbard
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LibriVox recording of Little Journeys to the Homes of Great Teachers by Elbert Hubbard. Read in English by Luke Sartor. Elbert Hubbard describes the homes of authors, poets, social reformers and other prestigious people, reflecting on how their surroundings may have influenced them. These short essays are part biography and part pontification of Hubbard's opinion of the subject and their oeuvre. In this volume he reflects on the lives of great teachers throughout history. Included are Moses,...
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Jun 11, 2016 Immanuel Kant
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The Critique of Pure Reason, first published in 1781 with a second edition in 1787, has been called the most influential and important philosophical text of the modern age. Kant saw the Critique of Pure Reason as an attempt to bridge the gap between rationalism (there are significant ways in which our concepts and knowledge are gained independently of sense experience) and empiricism (sense experience is the ultimate source of all our concepts and knowledge) and, in particular, to counter the...
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May 22, 2016 Oscar Wilde
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LibriVox recording of De Profundis by Oscar Wilde. Read by AdamH. This is a letter written from prison in 1897 by Oscar Wilde to Lord Alfred Douglas, in which he recounts how he came to be in prison and charts his spiritual development. (summary by AdamH) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording. For more free audio books or to become a volunteer...
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Apr 24, 2016 Friedrich Nietzsche
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LibriVox recording of Ecce Homo, by Friedrich Nietzsche. Read by TimSC. The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's autobiography, Ecce Homo, was the last prose work that he wrote before his illness in 1889. Coming at the end of an extraordinarily productive year in which he had produced The Twilight of the Idols and The Antichrist, Nietzsche shuns any pretense at modesty with chapter titles include “Why I am so Wise”, “Why I am so Clever” and “Why I Write Such Excellent Books”. His...
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Feb 11, 2016 Rabindranath Tagore
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LibriVox recording of Sadhana, the Realisation of Life, by Rabindranath Tagore. Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali poet, philosopher, visual artist, playwright, composer, and novelist whose work reshaped Bengali literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He became Asia's first Nobel laureate when he won the 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature. Sadhana is a collection of essays, most of which he gave before the Harvard University, describing Indian beliefs, philosophy and culture...
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Jan 12, 2016 Sir Thomas More
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LibriVox recording of Utopia, by Thomas More. Read by Jenilee. This book is all about the fictional country called Utopia. It is a country with an ‘ideal’ form of communism, in which everything really does belong to everybody, everyone does the work they want to, and everyone is alright with that. This country uses gold for chamber pots and prison chains, pearls and diamonds for children’s playthings, and requires that a man and a woman see each other exactly as they are, naked, before...
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Oct 2, 2015 The Three Initiates
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LibriVox recording of The Kybalion by The Three Initiates. Read in English by Andrea Fiore. The Kybalion: Hermetic Philosophy is a 1908 book claiming to be the essence of the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus, published anonymously by a group or person under the pseudonym of "the Three Initiates". The Kybalion was first published in 1908 by the Yogi Publication Society and is now in the public domain, and can be found on the internet. The book purports to be based upon ancient...
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Sep 8, 2015 Plato (Πλάτων)
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LibriVox recording of Cratylus by Plato (Πλάτων). (Translated by Benjamin Jowett.) Read in English by Geoffrey Edwards Cratylus (ΚΡΑΤΥΛΟΣ) discusses whether things have names by mere convention or have true names which can only be correctly applied to the object named and may have originated from God. (Summary by Geoffrey Edwards) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the...
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Aug 4, 2015 Aristotle
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LibriVox recording of Metaphysics, by Aristotle. Translated by John M’Mahon, Read by Geoffrey Edwards. Metaphysics (Ancient Greek: ΜΕΤΑ ΤΑ ΦΥΣΙΚΑ; Latin: METAPHYSICA; English: After the Physics) discusses topics including substance, accident, causation and God. The text was lost in Western Europe during the Dark Ages. (Summary by Geoffrey Edwards) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available),...
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Aug 3, 2015 Patanjali
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LibriVox recording of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, translated by Charles Johnston. Yoga sutras by Patanjali is a seminal work in yoga, this book is more about control of mind and the true goal of yoga. The sutras are extremely brief, and the translation in neat English makes it very easy for people to understand the ancient Sanskrit text. It starts with the birth and growth of spiritual man through the control of mind. In all, this is a "all in one" book for yoga philosophy written...
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Jun 2, 2015 Various
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Librivox recording of Librivox Short Nonfiction Collection Vol. 004 by Various Authors Selected and Read by Librivox volunteers. A collection of eleven short nonfiction works in the public domain. The items included in this collection were independently selected by the readers, and the topics encompass history, conservation, philosophy, politics, religion and cooking. Included in this collection are Thomas Jefferson's first Inaugural Address, "Secession" by Alexander H. Stephens,...
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May 5, 2015 Anne Robert Jacques Turgot
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LibriVox recording of Reflections on the Formation and Distribution of Wealth by Anne Robert Jacques Turgot. (Translated by Nicolas de Condorcet.) Read in English by Jeff Dumas "This Essay May be Considered as the Germ of the Treatise on The Wealth of Nations, Written by the Celebrated Smith" —Condorcet's Life of Turgot. For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover, M4B Audiobook, or other formats (if available), please go to the...
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Dec 12, 2014 John Milton
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LibriVox recording of Paradise Lost by John Milton. Read in English by Thomas A. Copeland. As Vergil had surpassed Homer by adapting the epic form to celebrate the origin of the author’s nation, Milton developed it yet further to recount the origin of the human race itself and, in particular, the origin of and the remedy for evil; this is what he refers to as “things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme.” After a statement of its purpose, the poem plunges, like its epic predecessors, into...
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Jul 11, 2014 Li Yuexiu
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LibriVox recording of 弟子规 Di Zi Gui by 李毓秀 Li Yuexiu, read in Cantonese, Hakka and Mandarin Chinese, in the public domain. The LibriVox catalog page for this work lists the LibriVox readers and has a link to the text. Di Zi Gui (弟子规), in English, means the Standards for being a Good Student and Child. It is an ancient book based on the teaching of the great Confucius that emphasises on the basic requisites for being a good person and guidelines for living in harmony with...
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Feb 2, 2014 Edmund Spenser
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LibriVox recording of The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser. Read in English by Thomas A. Copeland Spenser planned a 24-book romance-epic consisting of two parts, of which he completed half of the first. The first twelve books were to illustrate the development of virtues within the individual soul, and the second twelve were to depict the application of these moral virtues to remedying evils that afflict the world. Each of the first set of quests was to begin at the court of the Fairy Queen,...
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Dec 26, 2013 Charles-Louis de Secondat, baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu
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LibriVox recording of The Spirit of Laws (Volume 1), by Montesquieu. Read by Benjamin Gittins. This audiobook covers Volume 1 (Books I to XIX) of "The Spirit of the Laws" (French: De "l'esprit des lois", also sometimes called "The Spirit of Laws"). Spirit of Laws is a treatise on political theory first published anonymously by Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu in 1748 with the help of Claudine Guérin de Tencin. Originally published anonymously partly...
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Dec 25, 2013 Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
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Librivox recording of Introduction to The Philosophy of History by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. Read by D. E. Wittkower. The introduction to Hegel's lectures on the philosophy of world history is often used to introduce students to Hegel's philosophy, in part because Hegel's sometimes difficult style is muted in the lectures, and he discourses on accessible themes such as world events in order to explain his philosophy. Much of the work is spent defining and characterizing Geist or spirit....
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Nov 17, 2013 D. H. Lawrence
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LibriVox recording of The Prussian Officer and Other Stories, by D. H. Lawrence. Read by Cathy Barratt. The collection of short stories - of which The Prussian Officer is one - was Lawrence’s first such book. A German officer and his orderly are the focus of the piece and, while socially the superior of his orderly, the officer demonstrates his is the distinctly baser character. (Introduction by Cathy Barratt) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS...
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Nov 15, 2013 John Locke
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LibriVox recording of Two Treatises of Civil Government, by John Locke. The Two Treatises of Civil Government is a work of political philosophy published anonymously in 1689 by John Locke. The First Treatise is an extended attack on Sir Robert Filmer's Patriarcha , which argued for a divinely-ordained, hereditary, absolute monarchy. The more influential Second Treatise outlines a theory of civil society based on natural rights and contract theory. Locke begins by describing the "state of...
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Sep 10, 2013 Aristotle
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LibriVox recording of On Generation and Corruption by Aristotle. Read by Geoffrey Edwards On Generation and Corruption (Ancient Greek: Περὶ γενέσεως καὶ φθορᾶς, Latin: De Generatione et Corruptione, also known as On Coming to Be and Passing Away) is a treatise by Aristotle. Like many of his texts, it is both scientific and philosophic (although not necessarily scientific in the modern sense). The philosophy, though, is essentially empirical; as in all Aristotle's works,...
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Sep 10, 2013 Aristotle
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LibriVox recording of Sophistical Elenchi, by Aristotle. Read by GeoffreyEdwards. De Sophisticis Elenchis is the sixth of Aristotle's six texts on logic which are collectively known as the Organon ("Instrument"). In De Sophisticis Elenchis Aristotle identifies 13 falacies. Verbal Fallacies are: Accent or Emphasis; Amphibology; Equivocation; Composition; Division and Figure of Speech. Material Fallacies are: Accident; Affirming the Consequent; Converse Accident; Irrelevant Conclusion;...
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Sep 10, 2013 Aristotle
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LibriVox recording of The Nicomachean Ethics, by Aristotle. Read by Geoffrey Edwards. The work consists of ten books, originally separate scrolls, and is understood to be based on notes said to be from his lectures at the Lyceum which were either edited by or dedicated to Aristotle's son, Nicomachus. In many ways this work parallels the similar Eudemian Ethics, which has only eight books, and the two works can be fruitfully compared. Books V, VI, and VII of the Nicomachean Ethics are identical...
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Sep 10, 2013 Aristotle
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LibriVox recording of De Anima, by Aristotle. Read by Geoffrey Edwards. On the Soul (Greek Περὶ Ψυχῆς (Perì Psūchês), Latin De Anima) is a major treatise by Aristotle on the nature of living things. His discussion centres on the kinds of souls possessed by different kinds of living things, distinguished by their different operations. Thus plants have the capacity for nourishment and reproduction, the minimum that must be possessed by any kind of living organism. Lower animals...
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Sep 10, 2013 Aristotle
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LibriVox recording of Categories, by Aristotle. Read by Geoffrey Edwards. Categories (Lat. Categoriae, Greek Κατηγορίαι Katēgoriai) is the first of Aristotle's six texts on logic which are collectively known as the Organon. In Categories Aristotle enumerates all the possible kinds of things that can be the subject or the predicate of a proposition. Aristotle places every object of human apprehension under one of ten categories (known to medieval writers as the praedicamenta)....
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Sep 10, 2013 Aristotle
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LibriVox recording of Physics, by Aristotle. Read by Geoffrey Edwards Physics (Greek: Φυσικὴ ἀκρόασις; Latin: Physica, or Physicae Auscultationes) discusses concepts including: substance, accident, the infinite, causation, motion, time and the Prime Mover. (Summary by Geoffrey Edwards) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording. For...
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Sep 10, 2013 Aristotle
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LibriVox recording of Posterior Analytics, by Aristotle. Read by Geoffrey Edwards. Posterior Analytics is the fourth of Aristotle's six texts on logic which are collectively known as the Organon ("Instrument"). Posterior Analytics deals with demonstration, definition, and scientific knowledge. Demonstration is distinguished as a syllogism productive of scientific knowledge, while Definition is marked as the statement of a thing's nature, a statement of the meaning of the name, or of...
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Jul 19, 2013 Laozi
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LibriVox recording of Daodejing (Tao Te Ching), by Laozi, translated by Richard Wilhelm. Read in German by redaer. Nach heutigen Erkenntnissen (linguistisch, Zitierbelege etc.) entstand das Daodejing um 400 v. Chr. Laozi (chin. 老子, Lǎozǐ, W.-G. Lao Tzu „‚Alter Meister‘“), ein legendärer chinesischer Philosoph, soll im 6. Jahrhundert v. Chr. gelebt haben. Je nach Umschrift wird der Name auch Laotse, Lao-Tse oder Lao-tzu geschrieben. Erstveröffentlichung der Übersetzung 1910. Das...
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May 13, 2013 David Friedrich Strauss
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LibriVox recording of Life of Jesus Critically Examined by David Friedrich Strauss, translated by George Eliot. Read by JoeD. Strauss was an early pioneer in the ongoing 'Quest of the Historical Jesus' held amongst New Testament scholars, and his Life of Jesus is one of the few landmarks in the field. The first edition of Strauss' book was published in Germany in 1835 when he was only 27 years old, and which by 1840 had gone through four editions. He focused his attention on battling two...
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Apr 3, 2013 John Stuart Mill
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LibriVox recording of On Liberty by John Stuart Mill. Published in 1859, On Liberty details Mill’s view that individuals should be left wholly free to engage in any activity, thought or belief that does not harm others. Simple though it sounds, it is a position that challenges our ideas on the very nature of government and society, and sheds light on some of the key issues we face today. A key text of political philosophy, On Liberty has been continuously in print since its first...
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Jan 27, 2013 Francis Bacon
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Voltaire was an atheist. Diderot was Enlightened. But trite titles seldom encompass completely the beliefs of any individual. And this one fact is certainly true when dealing with Sir Francis Bacon.The youngest son of Sir Nicholas Bacon, Francis was born in Strand, London, on Jan. 22, 1561. He went to Trinity College at Cambridge. He was elected to Parliament; he was Queen's Counsel; he even became Attorney General before finally gaining the position of Lord Chancellor.But as do the careers of...
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Jan 22, 2013 Edited by Stuart Mason
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LibriVox recording of Oscar Wilde: Art and Morality. A Defence of “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. Edited by Stuart Mason. Read by Martin Geeson. “Who can help laughing when an ordinary journalist seriously proposes to limit the subject-matter at the disposal of the artist?” “We are dominated by journalism.... Journalism governs for ever and ever.” One of the nastiest of the British tabloids was founded a year too late to join in the moral panic generated to accompany Oscar Wilde’s...
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Jan 10, 2013 Robert W. Service
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LibriVox volunteers bring you 5 recordings of To the Man of the High North by Robert Service. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for November 28, 2010. Robert William Service (January 16, 1874 – September 11, 1958) was a poet and writer, sometimes referred to as "the Bard of the Yukon". His writing was so expressive that his readers took him for a hard-bitten old Klondike prospector, not the later-arriving bank clerk he actually was. In addition to his Yukon works, Service also...
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Jan 9, 2013 Marcus Tullius Cicero
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LibriVox recording of On the Nature of the Gods, by Cicero. Translated by Charles Duke Yonge. Read by Geoffrey Edwards. De Natura Deorum (On the Nature of the Gods) outlines Stoic, Epicurean and Academic (Skeptical) views on religious questions. Problems discussed include: evil, the origin of the world, divination, and characteristics of God(s). (Summary by Geoffrey Edwards) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if...
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Dec 1, 2012 Various
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LibriVox recording of Short Nonfiction Collection Vol. 026 by Various Authors. Read by LibriVox Volunteers A collection of short nonfiction works in the public domain. The selections included in this collection were independently chosen by the readers, and the topics encompass history, travel, embroidery, science, mathematics, humor, philosophy, poliltics, and nature. (summary by J. M. Smallheer) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or...
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Oct 25, 2012 Henri Bergson
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LibriVox recording of An Introduction to Metaphysics, by Henri Bergson. Translated by T.E. Hulme. An Introduction to Metaphysics ( Introduction a la Metaphysique ) is a 1903 essay by Henri Bergson that explores the concept of reality. For Bergson, reality occurs not in a series of discrete states but as a process similar to that described by the Greek philosopher Heraclitus. Reality is fluid and cannot be completely understood through reductionistic analysis, which he said "implies that we...
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Oct 25, 2012 Arnold Bennett
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LibriVox recording of Self and Self-management: Essays about Existing , by Arnold Bennett (1867 - 1931). Read by Ruth Golding. Bennett's essays always provide food for thought and bring a wry smile to the lips. Human nature, it appears, changes little over the ages, and Bennett's writing stands the test of time, though in the case of some of the essays in this eclectic collection, it is well to remember that they were written at the time of the First World War and the fight for women's...
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Oct 24, 2012 Plato
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LibriVox recording of Apology, by Plato. Read by Bob Neufeld. The Apology of Socrates is Plato's version of the speech given by Socrates as he unsuccessfully defended himself in 399 BC against the charges of "corrupting the young, and by not believing in the gods in whom the city believes, but in other daimonia that are novel" (24b). "Apology" here has its earlier meaning (now usually expressed by the word "apologia") of speaking in defense of a cause or of one's...
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Oct 12, 2012 Spinoza, Benedict de
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LibriVox recording of The Ethics, by Benedict de Spinoza. The Ethics is a philosophical book written by Baruch Spinoza. It was written in Latin. Although it was published posthumously in 1677, it is his most famous work, and is considered his magnum opus. In The Ethics, Spinoza attempts to demonstrate a "fully cohesive philosophical system that strives to provide a coherent picture of reality and to comprehend the meaning of an ethical life. Following a logical step-by-step format, it...
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Aug 27, 2012 Friedrich Nietzsche
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LibriVox recording of Götzendämmerung, by Friedrich Nietzsche. Diese kleine Schrift ist eine grosse Kriegserklärung; und was das Aushorchen von Götzen anbetrifft, so sind es dies Mal keine Zeitgötzen, sondern ewige Götzen, an die hier mit dem Hammer wie mit einer Stimmgabel gerührt wird, - es giebt überhaupt keine älteren, keine überzeugteren, keine aufgeblaseneren Götzen... Auch keine hohleren... Das hindert nicht, dass sie die geglaubtesten sind; auch sagt man, zumal im vornehmsten...
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Aug 17, 2012 Augustine of Hippo, St.
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LibriVox recording of The City of God, by Saint Augustine of Hippo. Read by Darren Slider. Rome having been stormed and sacked by the Goths under Alaric their king, the worshipers of false gods, or pagans, as we commonly call them, made an attempt to attribute this calamity to the Christian religion, and began to blaspheme the true God with even more than their wonted bitterness and acerbity. It was this which kindled my zeal for the house of God, and prompted me to undertake the defense of the...
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Aug 12, 2012 David Hume
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LibriVox recording of An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, by David Hume. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding is a shortened and simplified version of Hume's masterpiece A Treatise of Human Nature. It sought to reach a wider audience, and to dispel some of the virulent criticism addressed toward the former book. In it, Hume explains his theory of epistemology, and argues against other current theories, including those of John Locke, George Berkeley, and Nicolas Malebranche. (Summary...
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Aug 12, 2012 Francis Bacon
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LibriVox recording of The New Atlantis by Francis Bacon. Read by Bill Boerst In 1623, Francis Bacon expressed his aspirations and ideas in New Atlantis. Released in 1627, this was his creation of an ideal land where people were kind, knowledgeable, and civic-minded. Part of this new land was his perfect college, a vision for our modern research universities. Islands he had visited may have served as models for his ideas. ( Summary by Wikipedia ) For further information, including links to...
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Jul 10, 2012 Ayn Rand
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LibriVox's Anthem by Ayn Rand. Read by Chere Theriot. Anthem is a dystopic science fiction story taking place at some unspecified future date. Mankind has entered another dark age as a result of what Rand saw as the weaknesses of socialistic thinking and economics. Technological advancement is now carefully planned (when it is allowed to occur, if at all) and the concept of individuality has been eliminated (for example, the word "I" has disappeared from the language). As is common in...
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Jun 4, 2012 Thomas Browne
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LibriVox recording of Religio Medici and Hydriotaphia, by Thomas Browne. Read by Nicole Lee. Religio Medici (The Religion of a Doctor) sets out Sir Thomas Browne's spiritual testament as well as being an early psychological self-portrait. In its day, the book was a European best-seller. It was published in 1643 by the newly-qualified physician, and its unorthodox views placed it swiftly upon the Papal Index Librorum Prohibitorum in 1645. Although predominantly concerned with Christian faith,...
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Apr 6, 2012 Arnold Bennett
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LibriVox recording of The Feast of St. Friend, a Christmas Book by Arnold Bennett. Read by Ruth Golding . In this short book, Arnold Bennett shares his views on Christmas as the season of goodwill. As always, Bennett's writing includes some thought-provoking ideas liberally spiced with his wry sense of humour, and as always too, you can barely believe it was written so long ago. This was published exactly 100 years ago, in 1911. (Introduction by Ruth Golding) For further information, including...
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Mar 6, 2012 Plato
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LibriVox recording of Plato's "Republic" read by LibriVox volunteers. The Republic is a Socratic dialogue by Plato, written in approximately 380 BC. It is one of the most influential works of philosophy and political theory, and arguably Plato's best known work. In it, Socrates and various other Athenians and foreigners discuss the meaning of justice and whether the just man is happier than the unjust man by constructing an imaginary city ruled by philosopher-kings. The dialogue also...
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Jan 17, 2012 Robert G. Ingersoll
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LibriVox recording of Lectures of Col. Robert G. Ingersoll, Volume 2. Read by Ted Delorme. A second volume of lectures by the most famous orator of the 19th century. Ingersoll was a tireless crusader for the dignity of humanity, and a relentless opponent of organized religion. (Summary by Ted Delorme) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording. For...
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Dec 17, 2011 Ralph Waldo Emerson
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LibriVox recording of Representative Men, by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Read by skoval. A series of biographical lectures originally published in 1850. Each chapter is a philosophical treatment of the life of an intellectual. The six representatives are Plato, Swedenborg, Shakespeare, Montaigne, Napolean and Goethe. (Introduction by S. Kovalchik) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats or languages (if available), please go to...
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Dec 16, 2011 Marguerite Bernard and Edith Serrell
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LibriVox recording of Deer Godchild by Marguerite Bernard and Edith Serrell. A young New-Yorker of twelve heard an appeal for the Fatherless Children of France and his heart was touched. He had no money, but he resolved to give his spare time and his utmost energy to support a "kid in France." The French child needed ten cents worth of extra food each day, in order to grow up with strength and courage. The little American godfather earned those ten cents; he sold newspapers at the...
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